From The Teilhard Project: Teilhard de Chardin on Suffering


During his life, Teilhard de Chardin endured and witnessed a large amount of suffering from losing several siblings at a young age, to witnessing the physical suffering due to the carnage of World War I,to the mental anguish of having his visionary writings censored by his superiors.  And yet, Teilhard de Chardin is most known for his optimistic grand synthesis of traditional Christianity and modern science.

Recently, Yurii Ramos wrote an outstanding guest blogpost at The Teilhard Project quoting sum of Teilhard’s writings on suffering. I encourage you to read the entire blogpost here but set forth below is an excerpt:

“Suffering, although not a central theme in Teilhard de Chardin, is a very significant and effective one. It opens ones eyes toward one of the most beguiling of human mysteries. . . . Should those who suffer be jealous of those who are not suffering as they are? The obscure, the useless, the failures, should take joy in the superiority of the others whose triumph they lend support to or pay for.”

Read Entire Blogpost.



About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog ( explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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1 Response to From The Teilhard Project: Teilhard de Chardin on Suffering

  1. Love the quote at the top of the page.

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